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October Park Day Focuses On Halloween Fun
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Parents and children work cooperatively at one of the pumpkin tables set up at the Main Street Park, drawing out the faces and getting ready to create a jack-o-lantern. Also helping out with the pumpkins were Miss Escalon Madison Hagglund and members of her court. Marg Jackson/The Times

Pumpkins, popcorn, puppets … all were a part of the Sunday in the Park festivities, hosted by the Escalon Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 3. Hours were 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Staged in the city’s Main Street Park, organizers saw a huge crowd turn out for the event, with some Halloween-decorated classic cars on display, face painting by Sonya Huff, tours of the historic caboose, spooky music and more offered.

Saron Lutheran Church ran two different craft tables, one for a pumpkin bead craft, the other for a scarecrow paper bag puppet and the Historical Society had its popcorn machine going along with providing families with tours of the caboose.

The pumpkins were plentiful and kids had the opportunity to decorate them with a variety of stickers and markers, taking them home to serve as jack-o-lanterns this month.

There was also a costume contest. Winners, as listed by the Chamber, were: Birth to age 5, Best Costume: Mary Sanderson; Most Original: Marty McFly; Scariest: Mandalorian. Age 6 and up, Best Costume: Porta Potty; Most Original: Leaf Witch; Scariest: Clown.

Best Decorated Car Contest winner was the Red Cadillac.

Youngsters also got to showcase their artistic talents, using sidewalk chalk to draw on the paved area in front of the Main Street stage.

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Laken Truelove, 3, poses with older ‘sister’ Penny, 4, as they both got dressed up for Sunday in the Park on Oct. 3, enjoying the costume contest, pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts and more. Marg Jackson/The Times
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Carefully peeling the back off a sticker to add to her already brightly decorated pumpkin is Aurora Murken, 2½, attending the Sunday in the Park festivities hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 3. Marg Jackson/The Times